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Plovers in Paradise

November 5th, 2013

The Bahamas Blog – Trip 1, Day 2

By Todd Pover, Beach Nesting Bird Project Manager and Stephanie Egger, Wildlife Biologist

Meeting with Amy Roberts Primary School and Friends of the Environment

Meeting with Amy Roberts Primary School and Friends of the Environment

Today was our first official work day on Abaco, Bahamas as we spent ALL of yesterday traveling. But, today’s lineup included a meeting with our sister school, Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay, presenting a program to children in grades 3-6, a field visit to the tidal flats with Friends of the Environment and Loggerhead Productions, filming with Loggerhead Productions, and finally an informal meeting with the some bonefishermen and Friends of the Environment on tidal flat conservation.

Although we accomplished a lot in one day, the majority of the day was focused on

Todd Pover, CWFNJ, presenting at Amy Roberts Primary School

Todd Pover, CWFNJ, presenting at Amy Roberts Primary School

working with the school teachers and children.  We had a great morning presenting to the students and engaging them in discussions on the different aspects of the piping plover on the their breeding grounds in the U.S. and the wintering grounds in the Bahamas and demonstrating how important the Bahamas is to the life cycle of the piping plover. The teachers were very enthusiastic about incorporating the piping plover into the children’s curriculum and the sister school program.  The children in grades 3 and 4 at Amy Roberts will be part of a sister school program with an elementary school back at home in Ocean City, New Jersey.  The sister school program includes in-school presentations from CWFNJ to both of these schools, a poster/interpretive sign project, a field trip to observe piping plovers, and communication between the teachers and the students using social media and other means to discuss not only piping plovers, but just the similarities and differences in our respective cultures.

Stephanie Egger, CWFNJ, and a student at Amy Roberts Primary School

Stephanie Egger, CWFNJ, and a student at Amy Roberts Primary School

The day started out with rough seas as we made a ferry crossing from mainland Abaco to Green Turtle Cay, but it was smooth sailing for our project the rest of the day. We are feeling very enthusiastic about the project, in part because of the warm welcome we have received here. Now we see why our plovers like the Bahamas so much:)

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